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The ancient city of Taraz, in present-day Kazakhstan, was a major halt along the so-called Silk Road, upon which people traveled between China and other eastern Asian kingdoms and the Mediterranean civilizations and Europe. Besides for silk, goods traded included luxuries such as satin and hemp, musk and other perfumes, tea, spices, medicines, jewels, glassware, rhubarb, and even slaves. Along with goods, ideas, technologies, religions, and philosophies spread because of the trade—as did, unfortunately, diseases such as the bubonic plague.
Various peoples wished to control the trading routes, so both Persian and Babylonian ambassadors tried to win favor among the Turks of Taraz. Later Central Asia was conquered and ruled by Persians, Muslims, and Russians (among others).
Learn more about the Silk Road...
...on Kids' Past or Mr. Donn's link-filled website.
...and on the Penn Museum website, where you can find directions for making fried dough twists, felt, silk hand fans, and even mummies!
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